My fear in sharing comes from past experiences. Unfortunately, it can feel like the negative consequences outweigh the positive ones. The biggest fear is rejection. On the very first day of being rescued, the first question was, “Is she lying?” That evening with a friend who took me and my mom in, “Did she ask for it?” From relatives who came to support my mom, “Can we touch her? Would she think we are trying to molest her if we gave her a hug?” My earliest positive experience with sharing was with another girl at school. For me, it was the day I first realized that good could come from evil. Such elation! Running back to my relative’s home bursting with excitement. Angry eyes, “You can never tell anyone about this!” My joy was shattered and my voice silenced.
Since then, my voice is slowly returning. Evil wins if the silence is kept. No lives are saved from despair. No courage or hope is given to those living in a hell on earth. No glory is given. No one learns the devastation rampant in our families while our silence holds. This is why I will share.
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7